New bus service connecting Ho Chi Minh City airport, downtown

By Minh Nam, Thanh Nien News

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New buses line up at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Nam New buses line up at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Nam

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Transport authorities in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday unveiled a new bus service between Tan Son Nhat Airport and the city's downtown area.
The service, promised with "high quality," came as existing routes failed to attract both locals and foreign visitors. 
Southern Airport Transportation JSC, which operates the new route, No. 109, said it has imported modern buses from South Korea and each can carry 70 passengers. 
The service, available between 5:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. the next day, connects popular sites, including Ben Thanh Market and the backpackers' area.
It costs VND20,000 (88 US cents) to complete the 10.5-kilometer journey that ends at September 23 Park in 45 minutes. Those who travel less than half of the distance only pay VND12,000 (53 cents).
There is a bus every 15-20 minutes.

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